Protests In Parliament Over Gandhis Losing SPG Cover

Lok Sabha: Congress leaders protested against withdrawal of SPG cover to the Gandhi family

New Delhi: 

The leaders of the opposition Congress in the Lok Sabha today demanded a response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover from the Gandhi family.

Mr Shah left the lower house when the Congress leaders started shouting slogans, asking him to make a statement on why SPG security cover was withdrawn from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who the leaders said face serious threats.

The three are now protected by the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) under Z plus category, which ensures security cover by around 100 personnel.

Over 20 leaders of the Congress and the National Conference walked into the well of the lower house during question hour even as Speaker Om Birla asked them to return to their seats. As they continued to protest, Mr Birla asked them to cooperate in running the house. “Today, there is a discussion on farmers’ issue. This is not good as you are not interested in discussion over such an important issue,” Mr Birla said.

The Congress leaders were heard shouting slogans like “Prime Minister give reply”, “please stop revenge politics”, “end dictatorship” and “we want justice”, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

The protest started after Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gave a notice to move an…

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